Three killed in Air Force plane crash

Three people were killed on Wednesday when a military plane crashed into a residential area in Indonesia’s East Java province, officials said.

The Embraer Super Tucano attack aircraft was on a test flight after routine maintenance when it went down in the town of Malang, the Air Force said.

“Three people died,” Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said, according to Metro TV online.

Local Air Force spokesman Major Hamdi Londong said the pilot and two people on the ground were killed, while the aircraft’s technician was missing.

Air Force chief Agus Supriatna told Metro that the pilot managed to eject but was separated from his parachute, which was found about 8 kilometres from the crash site.

It was not clear if the technician also ejected, he said.

A witness identified as Slamet said he saw the plane nosediving at high speed.

“I felt the gust as I ran for my life,” Slamet told Metro.

The Indonesian military has seen a spate of accidents involving its aircraft in recent years.

In one such accident, an Air Force Hercules C-130 crashed into a residential area in the city of Medan in June, killing more than 140 people.

 

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